Quote from drakeavril »So I was thinking, for release, is it cheaper for box or buy the singles I want? There appears to be value in the shock lands and some chase rares. I am only interested in maybe $60 of singles,
Sounds like you've answered your own question. Buy the $60 of singles that you want, rather than paying $100 for a box and getting some, then trying to trade the rest into the singles that you actually want.
This assessment is true for pretty much every set ever, BTW. I buy boxes so that I can draft (I love limited). You can buy boxes as a MPS lottery ticket. You can buy boxes because cracking packs is fun. Don't ever buy boxes for value, or to chase certain singles.