I don't think that there is anything better for building quick webpages than Dreamweaver. I like to get the pages basic design and then just edit with notepad from there. Dreamweaver also works as a text editor, but I'm sure there are others that are better in this aspect.
There really is no competition for someone new to html and web design.
It's strength is really the speed in which you can put out a webpage. You could literally have a full page done in just a few minutes, not many people can work that fast with notepad or a simple text editor.
Another great advantage to dreamweaver is it's simple integration into Flash and Fireworks. Since the basic layouts are similar for all 3 programs, going quickly in and out of each one is very painless. It's possible to make media in fireworks or flash and to import and preview it almost instantly into Dreamweaver. I love how Macromedia designed the three seperate programs to integrate seamlessly into eachother.
The only bad part about Dreamweaver is the cost, but it's well worth it if you can afford it.