Wouldn't say that, unless you play lazy style. I found myself Cursing, teleing, CEing, quite busy actually.Same as for pretty much any character:
-Strength: Enough for equipment
-Dexterity: none or enough for max. block % (don't block unless you have a GOOD shield, which you probably won't have since you're just starting)
-Vitality: As much as possible
Since you're new, I suggest you make a summoner, as they have very little difficulty and are by far one of the easiest builds. Look at the build guides sticky for more info. The only downside for a summoner is that it isn't really an "active" build, since you rely on the skeletons to do most of the work.
Maybe summonrs does not fit your style of game play. Lots and lots of people love pally, i just think they are ugly.. but they are very powerful no doubt about that.I know that summoners do indeed do things, as a summoner is now my main character in SP. It's just that my first experience with them seemed rather boring.