I'd say you have a few choices:
- Longsword and Shield
: provides the best Armour Class. Switch to a mace or flail when fighting things like Skeletons.
- Two-handed Greatsword
: very effective in the lower levels. You deal more damage when doing AOOs, Cleave attacks, Whirlwind attacks, and 'move+attack' actions. And with some weapons like the halberd
you deal double damage if the enemy is charging and you have selected ready versus approach.
- Dual wielding
: focus on both Strength and Dexterity (15) and use two Short Swords. Very effective in the higher levels thanks to weapon magical damage and effects
- Dexterity build
: your character will be good at archery and he will have a high dexterity-based armour class. You can take Weapon Finesse
and use a Short Sword or Rapier.
- Skilled build
: you can focus on generalist feats like Improved Grapple, Improved Bullrush, Quick draw for more flexibility.