I make new toons all the time. For me I like to get my damage output up. So, if iIm using faith or int and want a weapon that scales off of that I level that up. I usually get my endurance to around 15 or so, kill Havel toss on his ring bam you just got 50 more equipment burden.
IMO, the FAP ring and Havels ring can replace stats in the early game even if you don't plan to use them in the long run. You cannot get a ring that adds INT or Faith or str or dex.
Once you have played the game long enough VIT doesn't really matter because most Mobs wont hit you anyway. I can clear Anor Londo and all bosses before that in about 2-2:30 hours now which I think is pretty good.
My route for every new toon is, master key into blighttown, grab the three knight souls. Pop a humanity, rest and bonfire. Lvl up whatever you want. Turn human, kill Mildred, rest again and lvl up. Run to Quelag, summon Mildred. Mildred will actually be very helpful here, just try and keep here alive. After that is done, kill her sister for plus 5000 souls and a firekeeper soul. Use the trick to kill ceaseless, homeward back to blightown. Bam, you just got to level like 25 in under 20 min.